Lawmakers take aim at Biden's F-16 comments

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President Joe Biden doesn’t actually think much of the idea that we need guns to repel tyranny. Despite having been the president who presided over the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan–thus ensuring that we spent two decades and thousands of American lives to replace the Taliban with the Taliban–and thus understanding that lightly-armed troops can be dangerous, he actually said that.


And we’ve given him a fair bit of hell over it, too.

We know Biden is going to say some silly stuff, particularly about guns, the truth is that he continues to ignore any harsh reality that he wants.

And lawmakers have joined the chorus calling him out on it.

“I’m a Second Amendment guy,” Biden said at a campaign event at a private California residence. “I taught it for four years, six years in law school. And guess what? It doesn’t say that you can own any weapon you want.  It says there are certain weapons that you just can’t own. Even during when it was passed, you couldn’t own a cannon. You can’t own a machine gun.

Except, you could own a cannon during when the Second Amendment was passed. You couldn’t own a machine gun, but that was only because it hadn’t been invented yet. That wasn’t for another 70 years or so.

Ironically, the first machine gun ever is still not covered by the NFA, meaning you can still own it without jumping through hoops.

That didn’t make it into the speech.

Anyway, moving on…

“Well he certainly doesn’t sound like a Second Amendment guy,” Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., told Fox News Digital, referencing Biden’s self-description. “The fact is, President Biden has long held positions that are hostile to Second Amendment rights. And I think it’s demonstrable in his policy agenda.”

“It’s troubling to hear Biden tout his college teaching days while blatantly misrepresenting the Constitution and trying to compare guns used for self-defense to F-16 fighter jets,” Rep. Ron Estes, R-Kansas, said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “He’s clearly out of touch with everyday Americans who he thinks cling to our guns and Bibles. Instead, we know the Founding Fathers made certain to include this right to preserve for future generations our ability to maintain our independence and protect ourselves.”

Other Republican lawmakers responded by raising the alarm on Biden’s cognitive skills.

“He needs to stick to his knitting,” Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., said. “His cognitive skills have dropped considerably since he’s been in office, and that just shows. We take an oath to uphold the Constitution. If he’s not going to uphold the Second Amendment, what’s next? The First Amendment, the Third Amendment, where are we going with it?”

“This from the guy who said, ‘God, save the Queen,'” Rep. John Duarte, R-Calif., quipped.


True enough.

Of course, no one has actually believed for a moment that Joe Biden is pro-Second Amendment. He’s not a Second Amendment guy by any stretch of the imagination.

And while some people may think comments about his cognitive skills were out of line, the truth is that when the guy wraps up with “God save the Queen,” it’s kind of difficult for me to take anything else he says seriously.

Even the attempts to defend the statement are pathetic. They’re basically, “He says strange stuff all the time. His staff doesn’t even know what he means.”

That’s not a selling point for any of us.

Luckily, it’s just a speech. Biden can’t do much of anything more than he already has on guns, but we know where his head is at and the fact that literally none of the “we respect the Second Amendment but want some commonsense gun safety rules” groups are taking issue with anything he says on the topic is telling.

It’s not telling us anything we didn’t already know, but still…

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